Ancient peoples revered nature and attributed sacred or spiritual meaning to all things. To cross the threshold from ordinary reality to the spirit world, shamans sought the aid of guides and guardians who often took the form of fantastical creatures—part animal, part human, and enormously powerful. These higher beings healed the sick, led the departed to the next life, and restored harmony to a troubled world.Shamans communicated with these spirit guides through dream, vision, symbol, and ceremony, wordlessly speaking of the invisible worlds that surround the fragment that is known.From her deep understanding of shamanic tradition, Susan Seddon Boulet (American, b. Brazil, 1941–1997) painted the mythical merging of animal and human into a coherent whole. The twelve inspired paintings here are accompanied by excerpts from Native American chants, prayers, and poems. Pomegranate also publishes Boulets work in Susan Seddon Boulet: The Goddess Paintings and Susan Seddon Boulet: A Retrospective.All of Pomegranates calendars are printed with soy-based inks on FSC® certified paper, which means the paper has been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council™ and manufactured by an FSC certified printer. FSC certification promotes responsible forest management by ensuring that forestry practices are environmentally responsible, socially equitable, and economically viable.FSC license code FSC N001864.